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Winds force artist Fergal to leave his Liffey desert island

THE artist living on a makeshift desert island at the IFSC has been forced to abandon his odd home because of the stormy weather.

Fergal McCarthy had moved onto his island on Saturday morning as part of the Absolut Fringe Festival, and had hoped to stay there for 10 days.

But with storm warnings and high seas promised last night and today, McCarthy was advised to abandon his island for safety reasons.

Last night he posted online, "Newsflash: I've unfortunately been advised by the powers that be to come off the island for tonight, I will return in the morn." There was no sign of McCarthy at the island this morning while the galeforce winds still whipped through the Docklands.

Organisers said that he was considering returning to the island for midday today.

His orange tent was laid flat against the surface of the island, which was constructed on a raft of tractor tyres and floated into the Liffey last week.


Ireland is today braced for extreme weather conditions as the galeforce winds of Hurricane Katia hit the country.

Met Eireann warned of exceptionally dangerous sea conditions while AA roadwatch is today advising motorists to take extra care while driving.

The tail end of Hurricane Katia - which was classified as category four hurricane as it hit the US coastline - will continue its path up from the Caribbean and cross Ireland, before moving up towards the northern tip of Scotland.

The Irish Coast Guard last night warned people to avoid boating, swimming at sea, wave-watching or rock-climbing near the coast or in exposed areas amid fears of fatalities.

High waves were expected to strike the west, north-west and north coasts overnight and today with waves of up to 10m.